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UAE Business Setup

We offer a highly competitive and efficient business setup package that includes business structuring, and complete legal contracts to run your operations successfully in the UAE

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Mainland Business

Know your business laws

Business owners in the UAE are required to comply with various regulations to ensure fair and smooth business activities. These include laws governing businesses, employee and consumer rights, intellectual property rights, free-zone regulations, and establishment practices.

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Freezones Establishment

What laws govern free-zone companies?

The laws governing free-zones are commercial laws, except for Federal Law No. 2 of 2015. Business activities are also subject to specific laws related to the industry, focusing on practice terms, property rights, QHSE compliance, and free zone authority laws.

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The law on Bankruptcy in UAE

The Federal Law No. 9 of 2016 helps UAE companies avoid bankruptcy through consensual out-of-court restructuring, financial restructuring, secure new loans under specific terms, and court-ordered composition procedures. If a company cannot avoid bankruptcy, the law provides for the declaration of bankruptcy and liquidation of the debtor's assets, which can only happen by a court judgment.

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Regulations of the mainland companies

The UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 on commercial companies applies to various entities except for companies excluded by the UAE cabinet, government-owned companies, and oil companies with government holding of 25% or more. It covers entities involved in commercial, financial, industrial, agricultural, real estate, and other activities.

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Our Clients Are Local, International & Global

We cater to a diverse client base, which includes individual investors, local and international enterprises, and Fortune 500 companies. At our firm, we uphold a non-discriminatory policy, ensuring that each client receives an equal level of attention and commitment from our team of experienced lawyers, who work tirelessly to achieve our clients’ objectives.

Corporate & Commercial Team

A brief introduction about COrporate & Commercial Team IN DUBAI

Al Safar and Partners has extensive experience in providing legal guidance to corporate and business clients in various fields of commercial law, including but not limited to competition law, intellectual property law, consumer protection, employment law, dispute resolution, and unfair competition law. We are well-versed in the laws governing business and corporation operations, from company structure and shareholding to mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and consumer law. Our team ensures that everything is carefully laid out to meet the needs of our clients. We are fully equipped to handle and represent our clients in all corporate and commercial transaction issues that may arise.

Our firm assists clients in establishing companies and corporate entities in various jurisdictions within the UAE and internationally. We provide expert advice on corporate compliance in accordance with the strictest local and global regulations. Our legal services cover a wide range of areas, including shareholdings and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and modifications of company structure. Our team is also well-equipped to assist clients with legal matters related to bankruptcy. With our experienced lawyers, we represent clients in all jurisdictions and provide top-quality legal services.

We represent many corporate clients in all emirates. While many Dubai corporate matters fall under the jurisdiction of Dubai Courts, our legal reach extends to all UAE, including Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) which is a free zone jurisdiction governed by its own laws.

We help our clients establish their companies and corporate entities in different jurisdictions in the UAE and abroad. We offer our professional advice on corporate compliance following the strictest UAE and international regulations. We also provide our expert legal services for shareholdings and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and modification of company structure. Our team is also equipped to help clients with bankruptcy related legal matters. We have some of the best lawyers in Dubai who have immense experience in representing clients in all jurisdictions.

Dr. Ahmed Hatem is a Partner at Al Safar & Partners in Dubai, UAE. He advises national and international clients on various aspects of business law, such as project finance, M&A, capital markets transactions, and international commercial contracts. Dr. Hatem also has extensive experience in corporate governance, compliance, international arbitration, commercial litigation, negotiation & mediation, and legal training. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Bar Association and the Arab Lawyers Union. Dr. Hatem holds an LLB degree from Alexandria University and a Master’s and PhD in International Business Law from North Carolina Central University.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business Law
  • Project Finance
  • M&A
  • Virtual Assets
  • Capital Markets Transactions
  • International Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Compliance
  • International Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Negotiation & Mediation
  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Equity & Debt Transactions & Collections
  • Legal Training
  1. Kavitha Panicker – Managing Partner
  2. Dr. Ahmed Hatem – Partner
  3. Jason H. Kim – Partner
  4. Mohd. Ezz Al Arab – Head of Litigation
  5. Abed Al Kassab– Case Manager

Dr. Ahmed Hatem Is A Partner With Al Safar & Partners And He Heads The Corporate & Commercial Dept.

corporate & commercial law

"it is my business to provide corporations and small businesses with the legal help which makes a strategic positive impact on their daily operations"


We use the latest technology to maintain quality and international experience to lead our work. Here are some of our services for corporate matters:

The essential services we provide  enable our clients to accomplish their real estate needs in one place.

Our Legal Consultants frequently help our clients to set up new companies and corporate entities in the UAE and abroad. They have a comprehensive understanding of corporate law so that our clients follow all legal procedures to establish their companies. The assistance we provide ranges from choosing a legal title to functioning in compliance with all corporate law regulations. In addition, our Law Firm extends flawless legal services in setting up not only local businesses but also international companies.

Bankruptcy is a tough time for any corporation. Therefore, it is our aim to make such legal issues as smooth as possible for our clients. For all bankruptcy-related Court proceedings, we provide complete assistance and representation to our clients. In case of the dissolution of corporate partnerships, we assist our clients with the distribution of assets and other partnership matters.

We provide complete due diligience on the status of a property prior to the sale transaction. We look for legal standing and compliance issues as a part of our report.

We can assist in rental disputes at every level pre or post litigation.

Our services for Commercial Litigation:

Once at litigation stage it is crucial that your legal team have the experience and knowledge of the UAE Laws, with 39 years experience we confidently represent and provide the following services:

  • Drafting pleadings,
  • Representing in court of first instance , appeals, and high court,
  • Representing clients in all 7 emirates of the U.A.E.

Consultations By Our Team

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Commercial Dispute Consultations with our team is free of charge for 30 minutes.

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AL Safar & Partners is one the very rare law firms in the U.A.E. certified for quality management, we work hard to keep improving our internal processes & Quality.

Trusted Knowledge

Experience on the subject of Corporate Law is in the thousands of cases over the span of 42 years.

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Consultations can be at our Dubai office, on phone, or by Zoom. Emergency support by other staff is available.

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